Like this fennec fox, Chinese carmakers have been walking against the wind in Africa. And it’s worked.
For the first time in the history of car manufacturing, Chinese carmakers sold 1 million cars outside of China in 2012, and estimates show chances are they have repeated that feat in 2013. Chinese manufacturers are now relying more and more on export markets to boost their bottom-line, especially as conditions have worsened for local passenger cars at home over the last couple of years. However as I described in my article “China: How local brands may finally find their mojo at home“, the Chinese are learning how to sell low-cost overseas and applying these strategies at home, making themselves more competitive in the process.
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The very first Spy Shots of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze without any camouflage, seen here completely naked on a factory parking lot in Shanghai, China. The new Chevrolet Cruze will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and will be launched on the China car market in the second half of the year.
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A sleek Audi TT, Spotted in China just outside the eastern section of the Third Ring Road in central Beijing. The good Audi is painted in silver gray and slightly sexed up by 14-spoke racyy alloys. The license plate reads 7TT70 and that is the best license plate we have seen on an Audi TT in China so far, which is not that much of a win since it also is the very first Audi TT with a TT’ed license plate we met.
The Audi TT is not a very popular sporty car in China, as Chinese car buyers consider it too cramped inside and a bit too girly in design. Price of the current TT starts at 519.000 yuan and ends at 592.000 yuan. The brand new Audi TT will have its China debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next month.
Time now, for our small but Famous China Audi TT Collection™: Pink, girls & Lambo-doors, pink-orange, gray-blue, red R8, big wing, kiddie ride, gold, children, orange, with tree, pink, and purple.
A giant tree on the back of a flatbed truck Spotted in China in central Beijing. Spring time = tree planting time in the capital, with thousands of trees moving in town from tree plantations in the faraway suburbs and countryside. This particular tree was already in bloom and thus rather late for the season.
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New spy shots showing the facelifted BYD G6 sedan, it will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and launch on the China car market in the second half of this year. The facelift includes a new heavily chromed grille, new headlights, new rear lights, new bumpers, and an updated interior.
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The new Zotye Z500 will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and it will be launched on the China car market in the third quarter of the year. The debut is earlier than earlier expected, indicating the Zotye Z500 is almost ready, which again is a surprise as we haven’t seen a single spy shot of the vehicle testing on the road. The above picture was sneakily shot in the factory.
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This is the brand new Haima S5 SUV, it will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and launch on the China car market in May. Price will start around 95.000 yuan and end around 130.000 yuan. The Haima S5 is the second SUV for the Haima brand after the larger Haima S7.
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New spy shots of the new Chery Arrizo 5. The Arrizo 5 will debut late this year, likely on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December, and will be launched on the China car market in early 2015. The Arrizo 5 will be the third car under Chery’s Arrizo sub-brand, it will be positioned between the upcoming Chery Arrizo 3 and the Chery Arrizo 7 that was launched in July 2013.
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The best spy Shots so far of the facelifted Brilliance H530 sedan, showing one brand new example standing on the factory floor. The facelifted Brilliance H530 will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and will be launched on the China car market in the second half of this year. The facelift includes a new grille, new headlights, new taillights, and new bumpers.
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The Citroen DS 5LS sedan has been launched on the China car market, featuring a massive grille and shiploads of chrome. Price starts at 146.900 yuan and ends at 246.900 yuan. The Citroen DS 5LS is a new China-only Citroen DS sedan based on the Citroen DS5 hatchback. Its is an important car for DS in China as most buyers in this segment prefer a sedan over a hatch.
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